Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Grab Bag of Progress: Part XI

A quick look at various things going on in the studio.

Some more sketches.....

Part of this drawing was used for the second layer in Bro Kin.

Portions of these next two sketches were used in the second layer of How To Be A Gentleman Of Leisure.

The finished piece.

I was tidying up my apartment recently and came across a tax refund check that I had somehow forgotten to cash.  I don't know how.  I don't know why.  It was well after its one-year 'good until date', so it had expired.  Guess the best I can do now is to draw it and then incorporate it into a painted construction.

This next drawing found its way into Spent Youth (Also a piece from In/ConFLUENCE).

As seen here hidden behind the 3,1,2.....

From there, I reused a small portion of that drawing in another idea.

Other drawings waiting to find their way into some future project.

These two sketches are actually early attempts at trying to visualize the ziggurat that I built for Jefferson Pinder -Ghost Light (check out a description of the show here) at the Figge Art Museum back in 2017.

Those drawings lead to this structure.

The show and the structure were far more impactful than the drawings.

This drawing is being considered for use as the top (new) layer for the diptych, Vocabulary Exercise.

The safety instructions from a Hot Pocket.  It's like supper, but different.....

Test driving an idea.....

I'm saving this drawing for just the right occasion.

Remember all of those matchbooks I snagged awhile back? Perhaps this will refresh your memory?

Here are two more drawings from those.

A test configuration for a figure/character I might use in an upcoming piece.

These next few images come from a piece that may almost be completed, but since it still doesn't have a title (or even a working title), I haven't given it its very own post.

The sketch that I used for the base layer.

One way or another, most of all of this stuff will end up in Socrates, Soup Cans, and The Cola Wars Pop Culture Palimpsest.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

More From The Good Folks Who Brought You Bro Kin

The Bro Kin saga continues.....

It is time to add the next layer of imagery to Bro Kin.  There is a fair amount of 'parking lot' on the base layer of Bro Kin that I would like to try to repeat in select areas for the subsequent layers.

A few base colors must be added so I can add a few passages of line work that I don't want to paint around the edges (painting around letters, in particular, is not an activity I enjoy).

An early idea sketch.  Part of it is being used in Bro Kin, the partially cut off figure at the top was used in another piece entitled Los Reyes (You can read about the evolution of Los Reyes by clicking on part I and part II).

Hail, Caesar!

I might as well paint a few more areas with this color while I'm at it.

Now that the line work is completed, it's time to start giving serious consideration to my color scheme for the second layer.

I find it quite helpful to also have the frame for the piece underway while I am working on the last layer or two of a piece.  Having the frame in close physical proximity to the canvas/piece (not to mention having it be more in the forefront of my mind) helps me tie the two together visually and conceptually.

Time to start building the frame members.

This next bit actually comes from a sketch for a frame I was considering carving for Imminent Departure (a piece with which I am not fully content with its direction, so drastic measures might be needed to be implemented....) SPOILER ALERT!  I think the canvas is going to get re-purposed for Socrates, Soup Cans, and The Cola Wars, so the idea for the frame is fair game....

This queen figure is going to be repeated in another piece I'm working on called Voyage Of Discovery (extra SPOILER ALERT!!  There is a high probability that Voyage Of Discovery is going to get renamed........perhaps in an upcoming post?)

Now it's time to start carving......

Next time we check back with Bro Kin, we'll take a look at carving and painting the frame along with finishing the piece itself.